No Coloureds Allowed

Oh there were plenty of places like that once upon a time in Manchester. Places where you just couldn’t go in if you were “brown”. But Manchester has changed. There may be a few places like that but they are tired dingy little holes that are drying up. No. We are better for the changes we have made now.

No Coloureds Allowed is a “trope” many of us have. It’s where an establishment gets “rid” of you either through bad service or just constant fuck ups or just doing stuff that makes you leave. Oh I have been sat in seats in the back rather than the windows. I once got sat next to the lavatory where my dining experience was initially punctuated by wafts of rather chemical smelling air. There were other seats but they were “reserved”. I have even sat in a restaurant where I was roundly ignored till I just left. These were in the days before Yelp and social media, but things have changed. We have made “progress”. But it still happens.

Some of us have experienced it first hand.  [Read more…]

JT Eberhard Gets and Doesn’t Get It

I have been away for a while. I had work. Some of you know what’s up and others don’t. But this is not work to be mentioned here. Just assume I was dressed as a gigantic bat punching a murderous clown.

I came back to see a rather sad post.

It’s no secret that I like JT Eberhard. I was always a fan of his work so it’s painful to read this. I was a long time lurker on his blog and still play League of Legends with him. [Read more…]

Not the Ducks – Measles Doesn’t Believe in Your God

It’s rather weird to think of the Measles as a deadly killer. In fact the problem is it’s not. The chance of you dying from a Measles infection is very very low.

But the fact of the matter is simple. Measles was once one of the biggest killers on the planet. More feared than Polio and with a death toll that makes HIV look like something more quaint.  [Read more…]

Faith in a Delusion

I think these guys should be up for a Darwin Award Honourable Mention except for one thing.

They were willing to risk their children in a bloody stupid adventure over a delusion.

A leap of faith that sent an Arizona family bound for the South Pacific in a sailboat has returned them in an airplane after a harrowing ordeal at sea that saw them adrift and nearly out of food in one of the remotest stretches of ocean on the planet.

Dear NPR. It’s not a leap of faith. It’s a fucking moronic delusion that nearly cost their lives. Driving a motorcycle without a helmet is not a leap of faith. It’s the act of high stupidity. Sailing off in an underpowered boat with nothing to help them on their way but incompetence and prayer is not an act of faith but an act of idiots.

Hannah Gastonguay, 26, and her husband, Sean, 30, were fed up with abortion, homosexuality, taxes and the “state-controlled church” and so “decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. With them were Sean’s father and the couple’s two daughters, one 3 years old and the other an infant.

Because 3 year olds and infants are phenomenal in open waters.

Seriously? Going galt because other people are having abortions, gay and having to pay tax? And what? You would end up on a tropical paradise? You clearly thought a child under the age of one would thrive on a small sail boat. Something tells me as preparations go you were more in the “prayer and Bibles” side of things than in the “Compasses and Food”.

A few weeks into their ultimately 91 days at sea, the Gastonguays encountered “squall after squall after squall” that damaged their boat. Originally on a heading for the archipelago nation of Kiribati near the international dateline, they changed course to the Marquesas Islands, but were unable to reach them either.

Because there are no gays near the international date line… Also? No taxes? I am pretty sure Kiribati is a real country with real taxes. Just because it’s a tropical paradise doesn’t mean it’s bereft of the trappings of modern society. It isn’t populated by hula girls wearing coconut brasseires and natives who fear fire and your boom sticks.

I mean, wikipedia is your friend.

Along the way, they apparently suffered damage to their mast and, unable to set a foresail, made little westward progress.

They were down to “some juice and some honey” and whatever fish they could catch when a passing Canadian cargo ship tried to help out with supplies. But when it came alongside, it did even more damage to the tiny sailboat.

Eventually, the family was picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel.

I am pretty sure that’s just Satan trying to stop them from reaching their tax free paradise bereft of abortions and gays. Or physical forces.

Not god. Clearly it’s just bad luck right? I mean, it’s only a miracle when unlikely but good things happen!

That’s the real tragedy. This family will never realise how really lucky they were to be found. They will put it down to magic rather than the technology  of man. They will forever consider it a test of their faith and be proud and claim that their god kept them safe throughout rather than think that their actions were frankly delusional and not only endangered the lives of themselves but also of two minors who don’t know any better.